Sydney Tramway Museum, Loftus

(4.4/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web)
The Sydney Tramway Museum began life in 1950. From 1957 the Museum operated from a large corrugated iron shed alongside what is now today the Parklink tramline, on the opposite side of the Princes Highway from the current site. In 1988, the Museum moved to its current premises next to Loftus railway station.

The museum has an extensive collection of trams from Sydney and cities in Australia and around the world.

There are two tram lines from the museum used to run tram rides for museum visitors. The first runs 1.5 km north almost to Sutherland railway station, paralleling Rawson Avenue in the way Sydney's tram system operated, the second utilises a former railway that once branched off Sydney Train's Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra (T4) railway line that 2 km into the Royal National Park that flanks Sydney's southern boundary.

The Sydney Tramway Museum is run entirely by volunteers and self funds its day to day activities, restorations and construction programs from gate takings and donations from the public.
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  • It's really a nice blast from the past, in the Museum there are numerous vintage tram on which you can climb. There is also a tram service-very picturesque-which connects this town twice a week (a bit remote) to the beautiful Royal National Park. It works but only twice a week with limited hours. This activity is run by volunteers, they were pleasant on the tram when they were in service, though greeted us with difficulty-as if they looked annoyed at seeing clients after hours service-when we ran into each other on the train back to town.
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  • Enjoy day or experience ride at the tramway museum, Australia is, of course, contains the tramway in the world, so which vehicles are used to ride experience. If you like train, can fully enjoy it.
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  • We were on a coach tour yesterday, and went to the Sydney Tramway Museum. I am not really in to this sort of museum, but have to say that it was really interesting, particularly the photographs of the...  more »
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  • Great place for a day out, there is a display hall for the maps, old vehicles and you can actually ride the old trams to the boundary of the Royal National Park and "Sutherland" (you'll understand if you come). Close to the Loftus Station (less than a 5 min walk) and has on-site parking. The admission fees are not too heavy, $10 for school children, free for the toddlers and preschool children and $18 dollars for the adults and assuming around $12 for pensioners. I love how volunteers give up their time to run the place. The Museum is not a for profit as mentioned before, it is run by volunteers. Would come again.
  • Want to introduce your children to the "olden days" (as they are wont to call them)? Well go no further. We loved our visit to the Tram Museum. We also brought the grandparents for added commentary! My favourite part was climbing on the old carriages and buses and getting the feel for them. Sometimes it felt like an old movie (Murder on the Orient Express?). The Museum is situated close to Loftus station, so not much of a walk. There is parking outside. And a little souvenir shop inside. Well worth the visit.
  • Great experience for the kids and history buffs alike. Big selection of trams from around the world plus paraphernalia from the ages. Some pretty stunning photos from old Sydney!
  • - Great trip to the Royal National park and back on a restored tram, briefly stopping traffic on the Princes hwy at the railway crossing! - Cheerful, knowledgeable staff (volunteers of all ages) - A large variety of interesting trams to explore - Confronting prison tram exhibit - Really nice gardens and picnic area - Interesting books, photos etc On the day we visited we almost went to the museums in town but were so glad we decided to come here instead, a great day out. We took two girls ages 7 and 11. They were stoked, I imagine boys would like it even more.
  • Been here couple of times with kids. Usually on a wet day. Catch a tram into the RNP, walk to Bungoona lookout then tram back. Bring a MTB on a nice sunny day, you'll see more.